Interesting Facts about Paris
The French capital of Paris is a city steeped in culture, history and architectural marvels. It has been ranked by the Financial Times as one of the three most influential cities in the world today. During the Age of Enlightenment, the iconic city was looked upon as a seat of art, intellectualism and the formulation of new ideas and philosophies. Its dense population of writers, intellectuals and philosophers is what earned it the moniker as the “City of Lights”. The city derives its name from its earliest Celtic settlers who were known as the “Parisii”. During the first half of its existence, Paris was largely a Roman city, replete with public baths, stone fountains and aqueducts. Ruins of the Roman Empire still exist to this day. The emblematic Eiffel tower was built in 1899 and held the record for the tallest man made structure during the early 19th century. The oldest existing bridge in Paris is the Pont Neuf, which was constructed under the recommendation of King Henry IV in 1578. The city is renowned for its multiculturalism, which has translated into a rich diversity of cuisines. The large influx of Latin American immigrants has led to the emergence and popularity of Mexican food in the metropolis. This acrylic fridge magnet depicting the major attractions of Paris is an apt souvenir to purchase.
Places to Visit in the French Capital
Apart from its monolithic Eiffel Tower, the Louvre is a very popular attraction that figures high on the itinerary of tourists traveling to the capital city. A recent addition to the museum is a spectacular glass pyramid, which has only enhanced its tourist appeal, besides giving the Louvre a more contemporary look. The famous Notre Dame cathedral is also a favorite among tourists and is a perfect fusion of Roman and gothic architecture. Many imminent personalities have been interred in the city’s cemetery including Jim Morrison of The Doors and classical maestro Chopin.